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Forces closing in on LTTE in Wanni, says Colombo
hindu, feb 8. COLOMBO: At least 40 cadres of the LTTE and eight soldiers of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) were killed in continued battles between the forces and the Tigers along the Forward Defence Lines (FDLs) in the north, the military said on Thursday.

A statement by the Defence Ministry claimed that security forces in an “offensive operation to liberate Wanni” are advancing further towards the LTTE stronghold, inflicting heavy casualties. It said 29 LTTE cadres were killed while another 14 were wounded during the clashes at Vavuniya, Mannar and Weli-Oya defences on Wednesday.

The ministry said troops ambushed an LTTE convoy at Periyantrichurchchan and interception of LTTE communication revealed that four LTTE cadres were killed in the attack. More... Discuss this story
Published: Thu Feb 7 20:42:05 EST 2008


Britain seeks 'political process' to end Sri Lanka bloodshed
afp, feb 8. COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka's former colonial ruler Britain has called for a "political process" to end Sri Lanka's spiralling violence and condemned the latest wave of bombings against civilians.

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband in a statement released here said that the Sri Lankan government's unilateral withdrawal from a ceasefire with separatist rebels did not mean both parties should stop protecting civilians.

Scores of innocent people have been killed since the government pulled out of an already moribund Norwegian-arranged ceasefire with Tamil Tiger guerrillas last month. More... Discuss this story
Published: Thu Feb 7 20:36:05 EST 2008 Back to the top


India urged to end military support to Sri Lanka
newkerala, feb 8. New Delhi, Feb 7 : Indian Defence Minister A.K. Antony was Thursday urged by a group of Indian Tamils to end military support to Sri Lanka, saying it was worsening the situation in the island.

Periyar Dravida Kazhagam leader Kolathur Mani said that Antony heard carefully what his delegation had to say but he made no commitment, the Tamil Nadu political leader said.

"We told him that the Indian government needed to respect Tamil sentiments. Now that Colombo has rejected the ceasefire it signed with the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam), India should stop helping Sri Lanka militarily," Mani told IANS after meeting Antony. More... Discuss this story
Published: Thu Feb 7 20:37:57 EST 2008 Back to the top


RIGHTS-SRI LANKA: Civilian Lives Going Cheap
ips, feb 8. COLOMBO, Feb 7 (IPS) - This week, as Sri Lanka celebrated the 60th anniversary of its independence from British colonial rule, over 60 civilians were reported killed in the raging ethnic conflict on the island... Back to the top

British tourists warned of bomb risks in Sri Lanka
timesonline.co.uk, February 7. The government has warned Britons that the risk of travel in Sri Lanka is increasing following the latest bomb attack in the capital, Colombo... Back to the top

Not much to celebrate
economist, feb 8. WHEN it gained independence from the British, Sri Lanka was an island of peace in a subcontinent bloodied by religious strife... Back to the top

Changing equations -Opinion
Pioneer, feb 8. The recent trading of accusations between the DMK and the Congress on certain issues is perhaps the prelude to a regrouping of parties in Tamil Nadu before the next general election... Back to the top

Media threats hurt Sri Lanka rights - Amnesty
reuters, feb 7. LONDON (Reuters) - Attacks and threats against Sri Lanka's media are creating a culture of silence and lack of dissent just as abductions, killings and rights abuses rise in the island's civil war, Amnesty International said on Thursday... Back to the top

Arjuna & Aravinda forge new stand in Lanka
cricket, feb 8. Colombo: Two of Sri Lanka's foremost cricketers, Arjuna Ranatunga and Aravinda de Silva, have joined up to lead the island's cricket administration, sports minister Gamini Lokuge told AFP... Back to the top

Soldiers destroy six rebel bunkers in Sri Lanka , killing 5 guerrillas, military says
Associated Press, Wed February 6, 2008 23:58 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan troops destroyed six Tamil Tiger rebel bunkers Thursday during clashes that killed five guerrillas and one soldier, the military said... Back to the top

43 killed in Lanka clashes
pti, feb 7. Colombo (PTI): At least 37 Tamil Tigers and six soldiers were killed in fierce clashes in Sri Lanka's embattled north, where Air Force jets bombed an LTTE base in the rebel stronghold of Wanni, officials here said on Wednesday... Back to the top

Sri Lankan military says it killed 12 Sri Lankan rebels in major offensive in north
Associated Press, Wed February 6, 2008 01:49 EST . RAVI NESSMAN - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Government troops launched an offensive Wednesday against rebel fortifications in northern Sri Lankan, destroying 30 bunkers and killing 12 Tamil Tiger fighters, while air force jets bombed a meeting of the separatist group's leaders, the military said... Back to the top

Forces closing in on LTTE in Wanni, says Colombo
The Hindu, Thu, Feb 7, 2008, 15:21EDT. B. Muralidhar Reddy

COLOMBO: At least 40 cadres of the LTTE and eight soldiers of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) were killed in continued battles between the forces and the Tigers along the Forward Defence Lines (FDLs) in the north, the military said on Thursday... Back to the top


Flag’s terrorism links under question
excaliber, feb 7. The York University Tamil Students’ Association (YUTSA) has passed a motion to use the Tamil Eelam flag to represent the organization in the future and during the university’s Multicultural Week... Back to the top

Karunanidhi lists steps initiated to curb LTTE activity
ians, feb 7. Chennai : Seeking to dispel an impression that his government was soft on the Tamil Tigers, Chief Minister M... Back to the top

Manpower Agency Pays Compensation for Maid’s Death
Arab News, Feb 7, 2008. A diamond necklace worth SR4,000 and SR3,500 in cash is part of the compensation that will be given to a Sri Lankan woman whose daughter starved to death in October 2005 while working as a maid in the Kingdom... Back to the top

Lankan trade delegation to arrive tomorrow
peninsula online, feb 7. DOHA • A second trade delegation representing the construction industry in Sri Lanka is scheduled to arrive here tomorrow... Back to the top

Sri Lanka, politicians celebrate independence while the people continue to die
asianews, feb 7. Colombo (AsiaNews) - It makes no sense to celebrate independence when the country is at war... Back to the top

War in Sri Lanka is the Legacy left by the European Colonialism - Dr.Peter Leitner
Asian Tribune, Tue, 2008-02-05. Dr. Peter Leitner, is the President Higgins Counter Terrorism Research Center, and former Professor with the National Center for Bio Defense of the George Mason University US... Back to the top

Relatives bury Sri Lankan high school baseball players killed in suicide bombing
Associated Press, Wed February 6, 2008 05:40 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Teachers and relatives grieved Wednesday for a high school baseball team and its coach, killed when a Sri Lankan suicide bomber blew herself up at a busy train station as they returned home from a tournament... Back to the top

30 LTTE bunkers' destroyed
BBC Sinhala, Wed, Feb 6, 2008, 0:40 EDT. The military in Sri Lanka says it has destroyed thirty Tamil Tigers bunkers in a coordinated attack against a rebel stronghold in the north of the country... Back to the top

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